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New roundabout coming to SR-902, Craig Road

A new roundabout is in the near future for travelers on the West Plains and will be installed at an intersection that has seen its share of collisions. As part of a larger repaving project on State...

Savage Boar Spirits is unique in the West Plains

It has been three years in the making, but there is a unique business in Airway Heights that people may not even realize is there. Savage Boar Spirits, located at 11902 West 21st Ave., makes vodka...

Former Fisher Building receives preservation award

Historic Preservation Commission administrative assistant Sue Beeman told commission members at its bi-monthly meeting April 5 that any letter that starts with "Congratulations!" is a good letter....

Women's self-defense course returns

Back by popular demand is the Introduction to women’s self-defense course conducted by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Classes are open to the public. Reserve your spot for the next class on Saturday May 19. Cost is $35 and is...

Highland Village tops Airway Heights council's study session discussion

Road width at Highland Village living complex was once again the subject o discussion by the Airway Heights City Council, this time at their April 9 study session. Highland Village is set to be a living area of “cottage style” houses as a...

Efficiency reigns at ML council

A few weeks ago, the Medical Lake City Council had considered the idea of cancelling its April 3 meeting. But they opted to gather anyway and took care of business in speedy fashion in under 30 minutes. Minus Laura Parsons, who had an excused...

Dye concerned about water over dams

Ninth District state Rep. Mary Dye, (R-Pomeroy) recently joined U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, (R-Sunnyside) and key stakeholders in expressing opposition to judicial orders allowing more water to be spilled over regional dams. The meeting came as the...

Cheney PEO hosts 'Reciprocity' luncheon

Cheney AJ Chapter PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) hosted an Eastern Washington Reciprocity (EWR) luncheon on March 24 at Cheney Congregational Church, bringing together 10 area chapters...

Cheney's 'Brooms Day' is coming

Cheney’s 11th annual Clean Sweep is just around the corner, offering what city officials are calling something of a “’Brooms Day’ celebration on April 21 where residents and volunteers can easily tackle their spring cleaning chores in a fun...

Medical Lake's St. John's Lutheran gets a facelift

As with some 40-year-old humans, time comes for a facelift with nicks and tucks to smooth wrinkles and solidify the sags. St. John's Lutheran Church in Medical Lake has reached that age and is...

CHS soccer loses to Clarkston in shootout

The Cheney High School boys soccer team went into another shootout against Great Northern League Clarkston on Tuesday, April 3. The Blackhawks eventually lost by a slim 4-3 margin in the shootout, handing them a 3-2 loss. Cheney falls to 2-7...

Lady Blackhawks sweep Clarkston for first Great Northern League wins

The Cheney High softball team not only kept their overall record perfect with a sweep of visiting Clarkston Monday, April 9, but subsequently moved into first place in the Great Northern League...

Getting down to basics

Eastern Washington University defensive line coach Brian Strandley delivers some technical advice up close and personal as the Eagles take part in spring drills on April...

Hartman takes over for Mason as Cardinals' golf coach

A new face is at the helm of Medical Lake boy’s golf with Gary Hartman taking over from longtime mentor Jim Mason who retired from teaching and coaching at the conclusion of last school year. Hartman, who is the district’s maintenance...

Blackhawks send eight to Los Angeles track and field meet

Nothing like spending spring break in the heat of Los Angeles. For eight Cheney High School boys track athletes, that heat was the heat of competition April 6-7 at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School in the San Gabriel...

Medical Lake girls golf welcomes big numbers

Medical Lake's girls golf program will be in a building mode this season, but hoping the existing foundation can support the effort. Turnout has been good with 12 girls, up from the six to seven from ...

Medical Lake baseball debuts under Sharp

There's a new boss for Medical Lake baseball, but the direction of the program does not seem to be changing with head coach Austin Sharp in charge. The 29-year-old native of Woodland, Calif. is...

Big numbers for Medical Lake track

Ever since Gene Blankenship arrived in Medical Lake in 2010, the Cardinals have won team and individual track titles with their distance and sprint athletes. As in California, where he earned hall-of-fame coaching credentials, Blankenship has...

Medical Lake soccer loaded with numbers, talent

For Medical Lake soccer the past several seasons, it's either feast or famine when it came to numbers. This year the Cardinals have plenty from which to pick, plus the additional luxury of real...

Blackhawks baseball loses pair at Avista

Cheney High School dropped a pair of non-league baseball games played at Avista Stadium last Tuesday, April 3. The Blackhawks sprang to an 8-0 lead after three innings against Cashmere, only to have the Bulldogs rally in the end for an 11-10 win....

Technology should not be a replacement for thinking and personal communication

I greatly appreciate the coverage that The Cheney Free Press gives each week for activities in churches here in the West Plains area. I wish more churches would participate so that we all can get to know them better. Most newspapers used to have a...

The 'Three Amigos' are united once again

Perhaps the following belongs on the sports page? Maybe in Neighbors or in obits? Or possibly nowhere on these pages? But in what I always call a “target-rich” environment for op-ed, the opportunity to reflect is a great way to shift gears, let...

'Spring Thing' is right thing for ML scholarships

Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars’ “Spring Thing” scholarship fundraiser on St. Paddy’s Day was a great success thanks to so many people, organizations and companies. Many thanks to the Board and volunteers who put in many hours; our major...

Tax relief in the U.S. leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to logic

I finished my taxes a few weeks ahead of the deadline. Yippee! Now I can worry about something else. When I talk to my friends, I find I am one of the few who prepares their own tax returns. Most are afraid to make a mistake or decide not to spend...

Trustworthiness is PACE's character trait in April

Start with trust. It’s Better Business Bureau’s tagline, and consequently, the first of eight of BBB’s Standards of Trust. Trust is a buzzword, easily tossed around and much harder to define. But, it is at the core of much of what we do on a...

Cheney Middle School business students travel to state

Cheney Middle School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students spent a majority of their spring break in Bellevue, April 4–7 competing against 1,800 students across the state at the FBLA...

EWU downtown student gallery hosts art senior capstone

The Eastern Washington University Downtown Student Gallery is getting as close to local as possible by showcasing 13 EWU bachelor of arts and bachelor of fine arts studio art major students for the...

Medical Lake's Circuit Breakers are off to robotics nationals

The Medical Lake High School Circuit Breakers robotics team earned another notable accomplishment April 4–7 and hope to have more in a couple of weeks. Competing in Portland, Ore. against 64 teams...

West Plains Briefs

Medical Lake Cemetery Association meeting is planned for April 24 The Medical Lake Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the Medical Lake Library located at 321 E. Herb St. You may contact Janice...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago April 10, 2008 Residents at Pine Lodge Correctional Center for Women celebrated receiving their GEDs at a graduation ceremony held at the Department of Corrections' facility in Medical...

StageWest's 'Seeds of Change' offers local flavor

StageWest presents its latest productions, “Seeds of Change,” written by local author Craig Rickett and directed by Nancy Kuonen. In “Seeds of Change,” three sisters, Nazarene spinsters all, live with the blessings and burdens of their...

What's Happening On The West Plains

Cheney • April 13, Middle school dance, Westwood Middle School, 6:30 – 8 p.m. • April 16, Consent: “It’s As Simple As Tea,” community library, 6 – 7:30 p.m. • April 17, StageWest Community Theatre Business meeting, Lower Fireside...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

One hundred years ago on April 10, 1918, the F.M. Martin Grain & Milling Co. was totally destroyed in an early Sunday morning fire. About 50,000 bushels of wheat were lost. At the time, the mill’s capacity was 500 barrels daily. Learn more about...

Churches

United Methodist Church Worship with us at the United Methodist Church this Sunday as pastor Alissa Bertsch continues a new sermon series based on the musical cantata, “Our Father,” by Pepper Chaplin. The choir will perform “Our Father in...

Odell F. Milliren

Odell F. Milliren passed away April 3, 2018 in Spokane at 77. He was born June 26, 1940 in Pine City, Minn. to Franklin Milliren and Dora Dell DeChaney. Odie was a Jack-of-all-trades, and a master of ...

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